New Zealand's Kiwi Bird is on the endangered list. 34 per cent of endemic land and freshwater birds and 5 per cent of seabirds have already been lost. Among them is the chicken-sized  North Island brown kiwi, especially the ones living near humans.

A group of 130 volunteers are putting in over 5000 hours a year to save the chick.

Let us hope that this will save the bird.

Image from Readers Digest 2019.


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Cultural importance

Kiwi are a significant national icon, equally cherished by all cultures in New Zealand. Kiwi are a symbol for the uniqueness of New Zealand wildlife and the value of our natural heritage.

The bird itself is a taonga (treasure) to Maori, who have strong cultural, spiritual and historic associations with kiwi. Its feathers are valued in weaving kahukiwi (kiwi feather cloak) for people of high rank.

Due to the cultural significance to Maori and the traditional knowledge about the bird, tangata whenua are a key stakeholder in kiwi management. For a number of local iwi and hapu throughout New Zealand, this relationship between tangata whenua and kiwi has been formally recognised as part of their Treaty of Waitangi settlement claims, which encompass specific references to species recovery work. This includes the Ngai Tahu Claims Settlement Act 1998.

Community involvement

Kiwi have become flagship species for conservation and are often used as a measure for the state of our natural environment and the outcome and value of community conservation projects.

Today, more than 90 community and iwi-led groups actively protect kiwi over a combined area estimated to be 230,000 ha – very similar to the amount of public conservation land protected by DOC for kiwi. Land is managed for wild populations, as well as at fenced predator-proof sites and on predator-free islands

I did not even know about this bird. Everything is becoming extinct, too many humans are taking up space for other living beings to exist. We need to leave some space for the animals.

Thank you for your kind replies. This is such a tiny bird and I sure hope that it can be salvaged. Sad if it should become extinct.

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